Before E3, everyone gets excited for the big new announcements. But after E3, all anyone remembers — and cherishes — are the kind of screw-ups, misfires and awkward heroism you can only get when corporate executives and video game developers have to get on stage and be salesmen in front of millions.
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E3 2016 starts next week, and with it comes the opportunity to cheer or groan over teases about upcoming games and news. As we do every year, we're checking back on the hype from last year's show, to see what the big three platform holders actually delivered. Let's start with Microsoft and see how they and their development partners did.
Warren Spector says virtual reality will be a fad, "at best a minor part of gaming's future". Far be it from me to question the director of Deus Ex on, well, anything. But I'm not sure it matters whether VR is a fad. Motion controls were a fad, yet that fad drove the sales of 100 million Wii consoles.
Cast your mind back to the first time you encountered P.T's haunted hallways. It was pretty goddamn scary, right? Now imagine being inside the game while helplessly tied to a chair. That's what it feels like to play The Kitchen; a virtual-reality horror game for Project Morpheus on the PlayStation 4. It was hands down the most disturbing gaming experience of my life. It also convinced me that virtual reality is the future of home entertainment.
Video: Another year, another E3. Time to hand out some virtual awards. If you read Luke's excellent (and hilarious) posts from earlier this week, you already have an idea what we thought of this year's show. But our excellent production team has put together a slick summary of the E3 that was in video form. Enjoy!
I played 59 video games, demos and prototypes at this year's E3, a mere 16 of them on the expo's third and final day. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst or Just Cause 3 would have made it an even 60, but EA took close to 90 minutes of my two-hour booth tour to get me through Star Wars Battlefront, leaving no time for Mirror's Edge, and Just Cause 3 cancelled its playable demos at the Square Enix booth on the show floor the night before E3 began.